Cherie Currie has responded to the rape allegations made by the Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs, who said in recent interview with The Huffington Post that the band’s manager, Kim Fowley, raped her years ago while others — including bandmates Currie and Joan Jett — watched.
“I have been accused of a crime,” Currie wrote Saturday in a statement posted on Facebook. “Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing. I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn’t start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it.”
Currie added, “I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do.”
A day earlier, she posted a separate statement: “All I can say is if Joan, Sandy and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair.”
Jett also released her own statement addressing Fuch’s allegations. “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened,” she told Yahoo! on Friday. “For a group of young teenagers thrust into ’70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing.”
Fuchs, whose stage name was Jackie Fox, left the Runaways in 1977 before the entire band officially broke up in 1979.
•Joan Jett addresses Jackie Fuchs’ rape allegations